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Management Approach: EH&S 

The top priority at Avient is safety. 

At the highest level, Avient’s Board of Directors has a long-standing Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee that oversees and monitors environmental, health, safety, security and product stewardship policies, standards and practices to ensure regulatory compliance and operational excellence globally. 

Avient’s EH&S Management System (EH&S MS) is managed by its Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Product Stewardship Department, and degreed technical experts employed in all regions and businesses. Avient’s Vice President of EH&S and SVP of Global Operations and Process Improvement are responsible for reporting to the EH&S Committee of the Board of Directors. 

The foundation of our Management Approach to EH&S is rooted in ACC Responsible Care®. We established a comprehensive EH&S MS to systemically identify and address any risks. Avient’s EH&S MS is externally certified and based on the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) Standard, which incorporates the principle of continuous improvement. It applies to all Avient sites and our contractors globally. 

Avient’s EH&S MS is comprised of global standards for safety, health, security, product safety, and environmental protection, covering the transportation of materials, activities at our sites and warehouses, and distribution of our products, as well as our customers’ use of our products. It covers both regulatory requirements and voluntary actions. The policies and codes that are included in the EH&S MS are: 

  • Responsible Care Policy, which outlines our overarching commitment to the Responsible Care Guiding Principles;
  • Safety & Health Policy, which focuses on providing a safe and healthy workplace for our associates through building an actively caring culture; 
  • Security Policy, which focuses on protecting the security of our people and all information related to our operations; 
  • Avient Code of Conduct, which focuses on putting forth guidelines for ethical behavior; 
  • Environmental Policy, which focuses ensuring enduring operations, that contribute positively too ur associates’ well-being and the well-being of the communities in which we operate; 
  • Product Stewardship Policy, which covers the sustainable and ethical management of our products to protect our associates, customers and communities in which we operate. 

Our EH&S MS includes both physical security at sites, as well as cybersecurity, the latter of which is managed by the Information Technology department at Avient. Through this system, we identify and assess the risk of all technology related activities, and the potential effects these risks may have on all of our stakeholders. We report any material risks identified by the system, as well as plans to address them, to the Board of Directors EH&S Committee on an annual basis. 

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